Wim Vandekeybus

Wim Vandekeybus (1963) is a choreographer, dancer, filmmaker and photographer. He founded his dance company Ultima Vez in the mid-eighties. He made a remarkable artistic debut with his first performance What the body does not remember (1987). The performance won a Bessie, an award granted for groundbreaking work. His second performance Les porteuses de mauvaises nouvelles (1989) was also honoured with this award. In his unique style, Vandekeybus has created milestones in the development of modern dance with his performances over the last few decades, at home and abroad. 

Vandekeybus has created a language of movement wherein he juxtaposes intuition, impulse and instinct with energy, risk and danger, which exemplifies a dramatic Weltanschauung, full of dynamics and conflict, through the medium of dance. A central focus in his work is the irreconcilable conflict between body and mind, feeling and intellect, man and woman, nature and culture, man and animal, group and individual, illusion and reality. Vandekeybus’ work is characterised by almost obsessive reiterations of one single concern: how man responds to extreme situations. In this context, he attaches special importance to what he refers to as ‘the moment of catastrophe’ - which ironically does not preclude his inclusion of humour, playfulness and even a certain jocular lightheartedness in his work. 

Vandekeybus’s performances take the form of associative montages with a penchant for crisscrossing borderlines between disciplines that at the same time lose nothing of their strongrooted autonomy in the process. His dance is rendered in a powerfully theatrical manner. (Live) music and video/film are not only integral to his mode of theatrical expression, but more often than not, are actually the prime movers underlying the performances. Vandekeybus has in the past collaborated with musicians such as Thierry De Mey, Peter Vermeersch, David Byrne, David Eugene Edwards, Arno, Charo Calvo, Mauro, Marc Ribot and Trixie Whitley. The choreographer has also created short films for use in various performances - some of which may be regarded as standalone works in their own right, such as Blush (2004) and Monkey Sandwich (2013). Vandekeybus also made Galloping Mind (2015), his very first feature film.  

In the performances of his early period, text and story were totally subordinate to the bodies and their impulsive movements, scattered throughout the narrative as fragmentary material. In the course of the years, Vandekeybus developed a stronger narrative style that presents coherent fables with a broader scope, often revolving around community, individuals and conflict. His performances represent a transition from tensions between bodies at a purely physical level, to more complex tensions as between groups, and as between groups and individuals. He represented existing tragedies by Jan Decorte and Euripides, and also collaborated with contemporary authors such as Bart Meuleman, Peter Verhelst and Pieter de Buysser. His recent work such as Mockumentary of a Contemporary Saviour and TrapTown, reveal his overarching disquiet about the current political state of global affairs.

Each of Vandekeybus’s performances are markers in his quest for new forms: “That is why I sometimes make an extreme musical performance (nieuwZwart) and then base a project on the experiences of one person (Monkey Sandwich) and then find a theme in classical mythology (Oedipus/Bêt noir or Die Bakchen) or make an analytical piece in which theatricality plays an important role (Talk to the demon).” However, in essence, his performances are and remain rooted the vital energy of the body itself. This is a realm in which Vandekeybus has been able to create a rich and diverse oeuvre that is acclaimed not only at home, but internationally as well.

-- Quaternaire represents Wim Vandekeybus / Ultima Vez in France.

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2021-08-03 00:00:00-2021-08-03 00:00:002021-08-03 00:00:00 2021-08-03 00:00:00 *TRACES ImpulsTanz Festival Vienna Austria
2021-08-05 00:00:00-2021-08-05 00:00:002021-08-05 00:00:00 2021-08-05 00:00:00 *TRACES ImpulsTanz Festival Vienna Austria
2019-04-07 00:00:00-2019-04-07 00:00:002019-04-07 00:00:00 2019-04-07 00:00:00 Go Figure Out Yourself Innsbruck Austria
2019-04-16 00:00:00-2019-04-16 00:00:002019-04-16 00:00:00 2019-04-16 00:00:00 *TrapTown Congress Innsbruck / Osterfestival Tirol Innsbruck Austria
2019-08-05 00:00:00-2019-08-07 00:00:002019-08-05 00:00:00 2019-08-07 00:00:00 Go Figure Out Yourself Impulstanz Vienna Austria
2021-09-03 00:00:00-2021-09-03 00:00:002021-09-03 00:00:00 2021-09-03 00:00:00 *TRACES Théâtre de Liège Liège Belgium
2018-10-20 00:00:00-2018-10-31 00:00:002018-10-20 00:00:00 2018-10-31 00:00:00 *TrapTown KVS Brussels Brussels Belgium
2018-11-27 00:00:00-2018-11-29 00:00:002018-11-27 00:00:00 2018-11-29 00:00:00 *TrapTown 30CC Schouwburg Leuven Belgium
2018-12-18 00:00:00-2018-12-18 00:00:002018-12-18 00:00:00 2018-12-18 00:00:00 *TrapTown Schouwburg Kortrijk Kortrijk Belgium
2018-12-21 00:00:00-2018-12-21 00:00:002018-12-21 00:00:00 2018-12-21 00:00:00 *TrapTown Cultuurcentrum Zwaneberg Heist-op-den-Berg Belgium
2019-01-25 00:00:00-2019-01-25 00:00:002019-01-25 00:00:00 2019-01-25 00:00:00 *TrapTown Cultuurcentrum Bruges Brugge Belgium
2019-02-14 00:00:00-2019-02-16 00:00:002019-02-14 00:00:00 2019-02-16 00:00:00 *TrapTown deSingel Antwerp Belgium
2019-04-05 00:00:00-2019-04-05 00:00:002019-04-05 00:00:00 2019-04-05 00:00:00 *TrapTown De Warande Turnhout Belgium
2019-01-17 00:00:00-2019-01-19 00:00:002019-01-17 00:00:00 2019-01-19 00:00:00 Go Figure Out Yourself Westrand Dilbeek Belgium
2019-04-23 00:00:00-2019-04-23 00:00:002019-04-23 00:00:00 2019-04-23 00:00:00 Go Figure Out Yourself Maison de la Culture Tournai Belgium
2019-04-25 00:00:00-2019-04-27 00:00:002019-04-25 00:00:00 2019-04-27 00:00:00 Go Figure Out Yourself Cultuurcentrum de Werf Aalst Belgium
2019-12-08 00:00:00-2019-12-08 00:00:002019-12-08 00:00:00 2019-12-08 00:00:00 *TRACES December Dance Brugge Belgium
2019-12-10 00:00:00-2019-12-10 00:00:002019-12-10 00:00:00 2019-12-10 00:00:00 *TRACES CCHa - cultuurcentrum Hasselt Hasselt Belgium
2019-12-13 00:00:00-2019-12-18 00:00:002019-12-13 00:00:00 2019-12-18 00:00:00 *TRACES KVS Brussels Belgium
2020-01-29 00:00:00-2020-01-30 00:00:002020-01-29 00:00:00 2020-01-30 00:00:00 *TRACES Stuk Leuven Belgium
2019-09-25 00:00:00-2019-09-25 00:00:002019-09-25 00:00:00 2019-09-25 00:00:00 *TrapTown Westrand Dilbeek Belgium
2019-09-28 00:00:00-2019-09-28 00:00:002019-09-28 00:00:00 2019-09-28 00:00:00 *TrapTown C-Mine Genk Belgium
2019-10-24 00:00:00-2019-10-24 00:00:002019-10-24 00:00:00 2019-10-24 00:00:00 *TrapTown CC de Meent Alsemberg Belgium
2020-12-17 00:00:00-2020-12-19 00:00:002020-12-17 00:00:00 2020-12-19 00:00:00 *TRACES deSingel Antwerp Belgium
2021-01-20 00:00:00-2021-01-21 00:00:002021-01-20 00:00:00 2021-01-21 00:00:00 *Hands do not touch your precious Me 30CC Schouwburg Louvain Belgium
2021-01-31 00:00:00-2021-01-31 00:00:002021-01-31 00:00:00 2021-01-31 00:00:00 *Hands do not touch your precious Me Cultuurcentrum Het Perron Ypres Belgium
2021-02-09 00:00:00-2021-02-09 00:00:002021-02-09 00:00:00 2021-02-09 00:00:00 *TRACES Cultuurcentrum Diest Belgium
2018-03-22 00:00:00-2018-03-24 00:00:002018-03-22 00:00:00 2018-03-24 00:00:00 Go Figure Out Yourself Les Brigittines Brussels Belgium
2018-04-28 00:00:00-2018-04-28 00:00:00 Go Figure Out Yourself Cultuur Centrum Brugge Bruges Belgium
2021-07-15 00:00:00-2021-07-18 00:00:002021-07-15 00:00:00 2021-07-18 00:00:00 *Hands do not touch your precious Me KVS Brussels Belgium
2018-10-20 00:00:00-2018-10-20 00:00:00 *TrapTown KVS Brussels Belgium
2021-07-20 00:00:00-2021-07-21 00:00:002021-07-20 00:00:00 2021-07-21 00:00:00 *Hands do not touch your precious Me KVS Brussels Belgium
2018-05-22 00:00:00-2018-05-25 00:00:002018-05-22 00:00:00 2018-05-25 00:00:00 Go Figure Out Yourself STUK Leuven Belgium
2020-11-06 00:00:00-2020-11-07 00:00:002020-11-06 00:00:00 2020-11-07 00:00:00 *TRACES CC De Factorij Zaventem Belguim
2018-05-10 00:00:00-2018-05-12 00:00:002018-05-10 00:00:00 2018-05-12 00:00:00 Go Figure Out Yourself Archa Theater Prague Prague Czech Republic
2019-01-29 00:00:00-2019-01-29 00:00:002019-01-29 00:00:00 2019-01-29 00:00:00 *TrapTown Opéra de Rouen Normandie Rouen France
2019-04-30 00:00:00-2019-04-30 00:00:002019-04-30 00:00:00 2019-04-30 00:00:00 *TrapTown Le Quai Angers France
2019-05-18 00:00:00-2019-05-19 00:00:002019-05-18 00:00:00 2019-05-19 00:00:00 Go Figure Out Yourself Festival Cluny Danse Cluny France
2020-01-14 00:00:00-2020-01-16 00:00:002020-01-14 00:00:00 2020-01-16 00:00:00 *TRACES La Rose des Vents Scène National Lille Villeneuve d'Ascq France
2020-01-21 00:00:00-2020-01-21 00:00:002020-01-21 00:00:00 2020-01-21 00:00:00 *TRACES Les Salins Scène Nationale de Martigues Martigues France
2020-02-12 00:00:00-2020-02-13 00:00:002020-02-12 00:00:00 2020-02-13 00:00:00 *TRACES MC2 Grenoble France
2019-10-11 00:00:00-2019-10-11 00:00:002019-10-11 00:00:00 2019-10-11 00:00:00 *TrapTown Forbach France
2019-10-10 00:00:00-2019-10-12 00:00:002019-10-10 00:00:00 2019-10-12 00:00:00 Go Figure Out Yourself Forbach France
2021-05-11 00:00:00-2021-05-12 00:00:002021-05-11 00:00:00 2021-05-12 00:00:00 *TRACES MC2 Grenoble France
2019-02-01 00:00:00-2019-02-02 00:00:002019-02-01 00:00:00 2019-02-02 00:00:00 *TrapTown Schauspiel Cologne Cologne Germany
2020-03-18 00:00:00-2020-03-20 00:00:002020-03-18 00:00:00 2020-03-20 00:00:00 *TRACES Tanz Köln Köln Germany
2021-07-28 00:00:00-2021-07-29 00:00:002021-07-28 00:00:00 2021-07-29 00:00:00 *TRACES Tanzwerkstatt Europa Munich Germany
2018-07-15 00:00:00-2018-07-15 00:00:00 Go Figure Out Yourself Kalamata Dance Festival Athens Greece
2020-02-08 00:00:00-2020-02-09 00:00:002020-02-08 00:00:00 2020-02-09 00:00:00 *TRACES Bellini Theater Napoli Italy
2020-10-30 00:00:00-2020-10-30 00:00:002020-10-30 00:00:00 2020-10-30 00:00:00 *Hands do not touch your precious Me Teatro Comunale de Ferrara Ferrara Italy
2020-02-06 00:00:00-2020-02-07 00:00:002020-02-06 00:00:00 2020-02-07 00:00:00 *TrapTown Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg Luxembourg Luxembourg
2021-09-15 00:00:00-2021-09-16 00:00:002021-09-15 00:00:00 2021-09-16 00:00:00 *TRACES Bitef Festival Belgrade Serbia
2018-07-21 00:00:00-2018-07-21 00:00:00 Go Figure Out Yourself Deltebre Dansa Deltebre Spain
2019-05-10 00:00:00-2019-05-10 00:00:002019-05-10 00:00:00 2019-05-10 00:00:00 Go Figure Out Yourself Valencia Spain
2021-03-25 00:00:00-2021-03-27 00:00:002021-03-25 00:00:00 2021-03-27 00:00:00 *TRACES Mercat de les Flores Barcelona Spain
2018-11-09 00:00:00-2018-11-10 00:00:002018-11-09 00:00:00 2018-11-10 00:00:00 *TrapTown Dampfzentrale Bern Bern Switzerland
2018-11-03 00:00:00-2018-11-04 00:00:002018-11-03 00:00:00 2018-11-04 00:00:00 *TrapTown Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam Amsterdam The Netherlands
2019-01-22 00:00:00-2019-01-23 00:00:002019-01-22 00:00:00 2019-01-23 00:00:00 *TrapTown Toneelschuur Haarlem Haarlem The Netherlands
2020-04-15 00:00:00-2020-04-15 00:00:002020-04-15 00:00:00 2020-04-15 00:00:00 *TrapTown Stappen & Shoppen Breda The Netherlands
2019-11-16 00:00:00-2019-11-18 00:00:002019-11-16 00:00:00 2019-11-18 00:00:00 *TrapTown Istanbul Turkey